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FDA Issues Guidance and Standards to Contribute to Wholesomeness of Leafy Products

03/21/2019

On March 15th the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a rule to finalize compliance dates for agricultural water requirements arising from the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Large farms will be required to comply by January 2022 with small farms one year later.

Contaminated water was identified as a cause of adulteration of Romaine lettuce in two separate outbreaks investigated by the CDC and FDA.

Over the long term, outbreaks of Listeria, Salmonella and E.coli will inevitably arise as a result of contamination along the chain of production and distribution of green vegetables eaten raw in salads. At the present time, the only certain method of eliminating bacterial contamination is the application of electron beam treatment that would add fractionally to cost but would represent a considerable improvement in safety.